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Offbeat: Saint Nicolas or Santa Claus? Here is the match of white beards

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If Santa Claus is not expected before December 25, the 6th is the feast of Saint Nicolas. The ideal opportunity to make confront (symbolically) and in three rounds, the two most famous and expected white beards from the end of the calendar.

Christmas is not yet for right now. But on December 6 of each year, according to the Gregorian calendar, it is its religious and older counterpart that is celebrated: Saint Nicolas. The ideal opportunity to make confront (symbolically) and in three rounds, the two most famous and expected white beards from the end of the year. Ready ? 3, 2, 1… that the match begins!

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1. Who arrived first?

You should know that Saint Nicolas was first a historical figure, Nicolas was indeed bishop of Myre, in Turkey, around 300 AD. Struck at the door of a house, attracted by light.

A butcher welcomes them, offers them hospitality and take advantage of it to kill them and make it small salty. Saint Nicolas would have resurrected the three children. In the 3rd century it was canonized and became "the protector of children, widows and weak people" , recall the French television channel CNEWS .

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for his part Santa Claus is an invented character, inspired by the figure of Saint Nicolas. In the 19th century, Dutch migrants exported to the United States this custom under the name of "Sinter Klaas" in Dutch, which quickly became "Santa Claus", in the language of Shakespeare. He also becomes a figure for all children. In France, Santa Claus arrived during the First World War under the name of Santa Claus.

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Advantage: Saint Nicolas

2. Who is the most popular?

In 2022, the celebrations of Saint Nicolas extend mainly to northern, central and east Europe. In France "He is celebrated in Flanders, Alsace, Champagne and Franche-Comté" , recall our colleagues from the Figaro .

Arrived later, Santa Claus is today an essential figure in the holiday season and celebrated, pastiché and represented worldwide. It is even today ultra-connected and allows children to be contacted in many ways: paper letters, texts, call or even in Visio…

Advantage: Santa Claus

3. Who has the best code clothing ?

These are two opposite styles here that compete. That of Saint Nicolas has almost never moved for centuries. It is generally represented in ecclesiastical clothes and walks with its long white beard, a stick and a miter, the bishops headgear. All while being accompanied by a donkey while bringing candy and gifts to children.

For Santa Claus, the dress code is different and has evolved "according to illustrators and new stories invented by novelists" over the years specifies Le Figaro . If it also has a beard, buttock or church clothes. It was only since 1931 that he has been wearing the colors and clothes that we know today: red and white.

Colors that make the business of the Coca-Cola brand which, full of opportunism, commits the American illustrator Haddon Sundblom to create advertisements with Santa Claus for the famous brand.

Advantage: It depends on the tastes of each

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